Atlanta Falcons News and Rumors

  • Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman likely to split reps in Atlanta

    Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman likely to split reps in Atlanta

    profootballtalk.com Updated May 24 (4 days ago)
    Steven Jackson is out after two years as the Falcons’ top running back. At the moment, the plan is for last year’s fourth-round pick and this year’s third-round pick to split the job of taking Jackson’s place. Devonta Freeman, who had 65 carries for 248…
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  • Report: Brooks Reed may miss start of OTAs

    Report: Brooks Reed may miss start of OTAs

    profootballtalk.com May 24 (4 days ago)
    Linebacker Brooks Reed may miss the first set of organized team activities with his new team. The Falcons signed Reed to a five-year deal as a free agent in March and is expected to be a starter for the team in the fall, but Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com r…
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  • Falcons' Joplo Bartu reportedly fined $50,000 after suspension …

    Falcons' Joplo Bartu reportedly fined $50,000 after suspension lifted

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com May 21 (7 days ago)
    Falcons' Joplo Bartu reportedly fined $50,000 after suspension lifted
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  • Matt Bryant: PAT change will make cold-weather games more inter…

    Matt Bryant: PAT change will make cold-weather games more interesting

    Falcons kicker Matt Bryant doesn’t have to worry about weather during home games played in a dome, which shouldn’t make the change in extra points too much of an issue for him in 2015. Bryant said moving the line of scrimmage back to the 15-yard line is…
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  • Falcons owner Arthur Blank happy with chemistry between coach, …

    Falcons owner Arthur Blank happy with chemistry between coach, GM

    ESPN.com May 17
    Falcons owner Arthur Blank happy with chemistry between coach, GM
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  • Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco welcomes competition

    Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco welcomes competition

    ESPN.com May 16
    Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco welcomes competition
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  • Blank says Pats’ “failure to acknowledge” caused hammer to fall

    Blank says Pats’ “failure to acknowledge” caused hammer to fall

    When the NFL investigated the Falcons for pumping fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome, they took a novel approach. They fessed up, got rid of a scapegoat, took their punishment and didn’t write a 20,000-word screed explaining that it was just Jim McN…
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  • Steven Jackson hopes to land job with winning team

    Steven Jackson hopes to land job with winning team

    When the Falcons released veteran running back Steven Jackson in February, Jackson said he had no plans to retire. The NFL hasn’t greeted his arrival on the open market with much excitement, however. Jackson hasn’t been linked with anyone since his depa…
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  • Report: Bruce Irvin plans to play in Atlanta next year

    Report: Bruce Irvin plans to play in Atlanta next year

    There’s been talk for weeks that Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin could end up in Atlanta. Irvin is doing nothing to silence that talk. Irvin, who is from Atlanta, was quoted by Black Sports Online as saying that he wants to go to the Falcons after 2015…
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  • Report: Falcons reach deal with Tyler Polumbus

    Report: Falcons reach deal with Tyler Polumbus

    The Falcons are reportedly adding a potential competitor for their right tackle job. The club has reached a contract agreement with Tyler Polumbus, who spent the last four seasons with Washington, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Polumbus had visited…
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  • Jets say their relationship with National Guard was misrepresen…

    Jets say their relationship with National Guard was misrepresented

    Earlier this week, a report from NJ.com revealed that 14 NFL teams received money from the Department of Defense as part of an advertising campaign for the armed services and Falcons owner Arthur Blank wrote a letter to the team’s fans on Wednesday expl…
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  • Blank explains Falcons sponsorship deal with military

    Blank explains Falcons sponsorship deal with military

    A recent report from NJ.com claims that 14 NFL teams have received cash from the government for salutes to the military and other advertising. The Falcons, for example, reportedly received more than $1 million over a four-year period. VFalcons owner Art…
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  • Falcons sign third-round pick Tevin Coleman

    Falcons sign third-round pick Tevin Coleman

    A rookie with a shot at a major role in the Falcons’ offense in Year One has signed his contract. Indiana tailback Tevin Coleman, the club’s third-round pick, has inked his four-year deal with the club, per the NFL’s Tuesday personnel notice. The 6-foot…
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  • Falcons sign DE Sam Meredith

    Falcons sign DE Sam Meredith

    The Falcons filled an open roster spot with a defensive end on Monday, signing rookie Sam Meredith, the club announced. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Meredith played collegiately at San Diego State, recording 26 tackles (2.5 for loss) and one sack in 2014. He…
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  • Falcons hoping for Julio Jones deal in “relatively near future”

    Falcons hoping for Julio Jones deal in “relatively near future”

    The Falcons know what they want to do, and when they want to do it. Accomplishing it might be the trickier part. Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team is now focusing on getting a long-term deal for wide receiver Julio Jones, with the d…
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  • Falcons sign Jonathon Mincy, Matt Huffer

    Falcons sign Jonathon Mincy, Matt Huffer

    The Falcons added two undrafted rookies to the roster and waived three others Sunday, with Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy and South Dakota offensive tackle Matt Huffer joining the fold, the team said. A collegiate cornerback, Mincy (5-10, 196) not…
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  • Falcons sign five draft picks

    Falcons sign five draft picks

    Cornerback Jalen Collins didn’t practice with his fellow Falcons rookies during this weekend’s rookie minicamp, but he was able to take care of some business. Collins was one of five Falcons draft picks to sign their four-year contracts with the team th…
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  • Falcons S Terell Floyd taken away in ambulance as precaution du…

    Falcons S Terell Floyd taken away in ambulance as precaution due to dehydration

    Falcons rookie safety Terell Floyd was taken away in an ambulance Friday after suffering from dehydration, a move that was “precautionary,” head coach Dan Quinn said at his press conference. Quinn said Floyd was to be evaluated to ensure he was OK. Acco…
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  • Jalen Collins not practicing at Falcons rookie minicamp

    Jalen Collins not practicing at Falcons rookie minicamp

    After the Falcons selected cornerback Jalen Collins in the second round of the draft last week, Collins said that his injured foot wasn’t going to be a problem for him. Collins was diagnosed with an incomplete Jones fracture in his foot at the combine, …
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  • Browns, Falcons may set precedent for Patriots punishment

    Browns, Falcons may set precedent for Patriots punishment

    When the NFL imposed what appeared to be a pair of wrist slaps on the Browns and Falcons for violating the game-integrity rules regarding in-game texting and artificial crowd noise, respectively, it was confusing. Now, it may not be. When the time comes…
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  • Undrafted Jonathon Mincy has chance to impress Falcons during t…

    Undrafted Jonathon Mincy has chance to impress Falcons during tryout

    ESPN.com May 6
    Undrafted Jonathon Mincy has chance to impress Falcons during tryout
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  • Falcons reach deals with 19 undrafted free agents

    Falcons reach deals with 19 undrafted free agents

    The brother of a Pro Bowl safety is among 19 undrafted free agents who have reached deals with the Falcons. Oregon State’s Terron Ward, the brother of Broncos standout safety T.J. Ward, is the lone running back among the undrafted free agents announced …
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  • Giants try out guy who camped at Falcons facility after he was …

    Giants try out guy who camped at Falcons facility after he was cut

    Donte Rumph isn’t giving up on his dream, even if it means being thrown out of an NFL facility. The former Kentucky defensive tackle, who is getting a tryout with the Giants this weekend, has taken an unusual path as he pursues his football career. Rump…
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  • Joe Barksdale works out for Falcons

    Joe Barksdale works out for Falcons

    The Falcons added one tackle to the roster in the draft and it looks like they have thoughts of adding some more experienced help to their offensive line as well. Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that the team had veteran tackle Joe Barksdale in for a wo…
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  • Buccaneers claim Reid Fragel off waivers, sign 13 rookie free a…

    Buccaneers claim Reid Fragel off waivers, sign 13 rookie free agents

    Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter moved from the Falcons to the Buccaneers to the offseason and now one of his former charges in Atlanta will be making the same trip. The Buccaneers announced that they have claimed tackle Reid Fragel off of waivers. Fr…
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  • Falcons turning focus to Julio Jones extension

    Falcons turning focus to Julio Jones extension

    The Falcons have wide receiver Julio Jones under contract for the 2015 season and they could make use of the franchise tag to keep Jones on hand in 2016, but General Manager Thomas Dimitroff says that the team would prefer to work something out that loc…
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  • Can another undrafted player fill Falcons' need at linebacker?

    Can another undrafted player fill Falcons' need at linebacker?

    ESPN.com May 3
    Can another undrafted player fill Falcons' need at linebacker?
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  • Video - Jake Matthews, William Moore among the Falcons still on the mend 01:21

    Jake Matthews, William Moore among the Falcons still on the mend

    May 22
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure discusses the health of the team as OTAs begin.
  • Video - Falcons need depth at tackle 01:27

    Falcons need depth at tackle

    May 16
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure talks about the steps the team has taken to improve the offensive line.
  • Video - Irvin: 'Atlanta is where I want to be' 02:45

    Irvin: 'Atlanta is where I want to be'

    May 14
    Phil Savage discusses comments by Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, who said he wants to play for the Falcons.
  • Video - Top rookie/team matches from 2015 NFL draft 02:42

    Top rookie/team matches from 2015 NFL draft

    May 12
    ESPN NFL Insider Phil Savage discusses his best matches between rookies and teams from the 2015 NFL draft.

Sports Columnists

  • Sam can develop in Canada

    May 26
    "The good news for Sam is that he is going to a place that could be far more rewarding for him football-wise than anything the NFL has offered to date...
  • Sam can develop in Canada

    May 26
    "The good news for Sam is that he is going to a place that could be far more rewarding for him football-wise than anything the NFL has offered to date...
  • In CFL, Montreal Alouettes' Michael Sam should be able to show off pass-ru…

    May 26
    With even more passing than in the NFL, the CFL could boost ex-Rams draft pick Michael Sam, Jeffri Chadiha writes.
  • In CFL, Montreal Alouettes' Michael Sam should be able to show off pass-ru…

    May 26
    The pass-happy CFL could be just the place for ex-Rams draft pick Michael Sam to show NFL teams how good he can be at rushing the quarterback, Jeffri Chadiha writes.